Career is something that everyone is concerned about. Planning and having a good career strategy is very important.

Having a clear vision towards one’s career matters a lot in one’s life as it gives a sense of responsibility and a purpose to head towards a purposeful life in the future.

Entering the field of medicine as one’s career, with the designation of a doctor might seem good and respectful. But it takes an immense amount of hard work, patience, dedication, and practice to reach such a position. Opting for medicine as a career is a very crucial decision which has to be taken only after a lot of thinking as it requires a lot of hard work and time to reach a respectable position.

After pursuing medicine as a career, that is completing the MBBS course, which is generally of 5.5 years, which includes a mandatory internship or practice of 1 year, gives only a basic degree to practice medicine. After MBBS one needs to study 10 – 12 years more to become a specialist doctor. In such a scenario many MBBS graduates wish to pursue IAS as fundamentally both a doctor and an IAS officer works for the society.

Every year lots of students apply for civil services after pursuing their MBBS. Here are some solutions to the questions that many may have.

How can an MBBS student join IAS?

  • Firstly, completing the MBBS degree with good result.
  • One can start doing some research work on IAS and get details regarding the syllabus, exam dates, paper pattern, cut off, and other things.
  • Download the syllabus and get aware of it well in advance.
  • Starting the study and preparing for the exam a year before completion of the MBBS degree course, can save a lot of time.
  • Appear for the exam in the same year when the college ends.
  • Having strong determination and hard work can help you to qualify for this exam.

Knowing whether one is eligible or not?

Following is the eligibility criteria for an MBBS graduate to appear or join IAS.

  • It is mandatory for the candidate to be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate must be graduated from a recognized University with a well-known degree.
  • The general age limit for the candidate is 21-30 years.
  • For the category of SC/St, the age limit is no age limit.
  • For OBC candidates, it is 35 years.

Strategized way for studying for IAS exams?

  • Self-study

The best option while preparing to clear IAS examinations is doing a self-study by collecting good books and notes. As much time is given to self-study, things get clearer.

  • Classroom studying  

Enrolling for classroom coaching programs is another option. This ensures that one is giving a particular amount of time for the preparation. The doubts can get cleared by the faculty.

  • Online Coaching

There are options available like online coaching. This includes recorded lectures on the course syllabus and helps a lot.

  • Online study materials

There are various online study materials available which are actually good and have the proper content to cover the syllabus of the exam.

Exam pattern

There are three levels of this examination – prelims, and mains and Personality test. For qualifying the IAS examination, the candidate has to qualify all the stages. The prelims include two papers – Paper 1 for general studies and paper 2 for the same. For mains total, 7 papers are taken into consideration while paper 6 and paper 7 comprises of optional subjects. The medical students can choose their subjects accordingly.

So, here are the necessary details that one should know before planning to appear for IAS exams after pursuing their MBBS degree. This is not a higher degree rather its a service or rather a civil service.

Some think it’s great to serve their country while some pursue it for their passion or other needs. But, clearing these exams is not a task which can be done with ease. Every year lakhs of candidates apply for the exam, but very few succeed by clearing it. While the general quota has only 40% weightage, so it becomes more difficult for a general category candidate. It requires proper planning, strategies, and most importantly, one’s dedication, hard work, and diligence towards their motive. One’s attitude keeps a lot of value and contributes a lot in such fields. Nothing is impossible if one keeps a positive attitude.